The Government of Ceylon : 1929 - 1934
Elephant Logo backed Thousand Rupees Note

The One Thousand Rupees currency note with Elephant logo at back issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency with the standard colonial format used by The Governmaent of Ceylon since 1885. This Type has 2 dates with 2 Signature pairs between 1929 to 1934.

The Notes are 203 by 152 mm i.e. 8 by 6 inches.
Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London
Water-mark: A Large THOUSAND RUPEES in 2 lines light on dark at center. A vertical triple ZigZag lines to right, and light Elephant and Dagaba logo to the upper left . Text THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON light on dark panel centered below. Handmade paper manufactured by Messrs Portals

Front : Brown on Green underprint with huge THOUSAND at center. THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON centered on top above. Promises to pay the Bearer on Demand the Sum of. In a 7.5-inch bar the value in words ONE THOUSAND RUPEES with Micro printing of same around. On either side, a numeric 1000 with RUPEES in an arc below, within a circle. Just below the value රුපියල් දාහයි in Sinhala Text to left and Text in Tamil on right. The Red Serial number above and below on both left and right, with Colombo, date: day Month Year, centered below. In panel in two lines FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON with Micro printing of same around at bottom left. Two facsimile signatures at center bracketed with COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY. in two lines to right. Printer name THOS.DE LA RUE & CO LTD LONDON. at upper edge of bottom margin.
Back : At center a floral design in Brown including the Crest of British Ceylon of an Elephant facing forward with 4 coconut palms on each side and mountains in background.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
1st July 1929 F.G. Tyrrell & W.W. Woods F/2 10001 - F/2 60000 50
Removed bar between the Letter and number of Serial prefix.
Full complement of 5 Secret Marks incorporated.
2nd July 1934 H.J. Huxham & W.E. Wait F 2 60001 - F 3 10000 50

The notes were demonetized on 1945 November 15th with all other Rs1000 and Rs500 notes previously issued and ceased to be legal tender after 1946 January 31st. Only 12 pieces of Rs1000 notes remain unsurrended to issuing Authority.

An issued Rs1000 is not unknown in any condition.

The details of this issue are from Sri Lanka Currency of Recent Times 1938-1985 T. M. U. Sallay, 1986 Colombo:Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

The 62 dpi image of Specimen note with two CANCELLED punch is from a Spink Auction Listing and displayed at 50 dpi.
If you have this note, I would be grateful to get a 300 dpi scan which will be posted with desired acknowledgement.